Education, by Dennis O’Neil

Dennis O'Neil

Dennis O'Neil was born in 1939, the same year that Batman first appeared in Detective Comics. It was thus perhaps fated that he would be so closely associated with the character, writing and editing the Dark Knight for more than 30 years. He's been an editor at Marvel and DC Comics. In addition to Batman, he's worked on Spider-Man, Daredevil, Iron Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, the Question, The Shadow and more. O'Neil has won every major award in the industry. His prose novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Denny lives in Rockland County with his wife, Marifran.

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  1. Russ Rogers says:

    The Scientific Method challenges established notions. It requires independent verification. It requires transparency, in that you not only have to give your data, you have to explain how your data was obtained. You aren't just allowed to make stuff up. It's a system of thought, study and shared experience that has advanced humanity farther in the last two hundred years, technologically and I would say even philosophically, than in the previous two hundred thousand years. Here's the problem with the Scientific Method, most of us don't use it. Not only that, we have an odd respect for people (like our President) who say stuff like, "Well, I make most of my tough decisions based on gut instinct." We respect and revere "the common man" while openly fearing and distrusting Intellectuals (Smart People) saying that it smacks of "Elitism"! How the hell does the son of a President, who skated through school, military service and business on his family's coattails become the voice of "the common man," while the mixed race son of a single mother, raised by his grand-parents, a man whose achievements are founded in his own intellect, ambition, drive, charisma and public service get labeled an "elitist"? Let's face it, we is stupid!Our President thought his gut told him to go to war. I think our President has a deep personal relationship with "The Lord." I think our President thinks GOD put him in power and that makes him somehow infallible. I think Dubya Bush believes in his own manifest destiny. He keeps parroting the phrase, "Well, history will see if I was right or I was wrong. We'll let history decided." Knock, knock. "President Bush…this is HISTORY. It's decided. You are one of the most incompetent Presidents this Nation has ever seen. Your lack of respect for the intelligence of the American People (in the People of All Nations) seems justified, in that you were actually re-elected. Your administration has proven to be criminally corrupt and yet you have stood firm in mouthing platitudes that people would be held accountable and then stonewalling and commuting sentences when the time for accounting has come. If only your incompetence was marked by an equal ineffectualness. Unfortunately, your cronyism, your self righteous and self centered "leadership" has lead to record deficits, a weak dollar, record energy prices, general economic crisis, the Nation's loss of position as a global moral leader and the protracted morass of a war that should have been avoided. You've abused the concept of "Executive Privilege" more than any President, including Nixon! You've chosen to systematically search for gray areas in the law in order to subvert the Constitution and subvert HUMAN RIGHTS. When gray areas can't be found, you are willing to ignore the law and morality entirely." OK, enough with pretending to be HISTORY. It churns my stomach, it makes bile come up my throat that we have tried to justify TORTURE. People have seriously tried to take the position that "Water Boarding" isn't torture, it's just some form of "mock torture," when we put Japanese War Criminals to DEATH for using water boarding during WWII! How do we maintain the moral high ground on terrorists when we are willing to ignore our most deeply held tenets, when we are willing to subvert our own morals! We are telling the terrorists that "The ENDS justify the MEANS," that as long as you feel "in your gut" that you are right, it's justifiable to DO ANYTHING. It makes me ill with shame. We have lost the respect of the International Community, and rightly so. We are no longer the shining beacon of Freedom and Liberty that we claim. We are fatuous liars and torturers, in short cowards. Thousands of American Soldiers have bravely died… for what? Overpaid mercenaries are protecting American Generals while underpaid enlisted soldiers have their tours of duty extended again and again. Be all that you can be, boys! Defend the concepts of "liberty and justice for all," while we work at subverting those concepts from the inside!Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed on OUR watch, while we are there claiming to have invaded them to PROTECT them … from what? Osama bin Laden is still free! Tick tick tick. Seven years and he is still hiding in or near Afghanistan. Tick tick tick. Seven years and Afghanistan has not become a beacon of Democracy in the Middle East. Afghanistan has become the biggest producer of Heroin the World has ever seen. We've taken Afghanistan away from radical religious extremists and handed the reigns of power over to warlords and drug lords. Oofda. Is we stupid?

    • Alan Coil says:

      And thus we see the last of Russ Rogers for a while here at ComicMix. Will we find him at Gitmo in 2009? ;-)